Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Ksheerapthi Sayana Narayana Perumal Temple, Thiruloki – The Temple

Ksheerapthi Sayana Narayana Perumal Temple, Thiruloki – The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east with three tiered Rajagopuram. There is an Anjaneya Shrine facing the Rajagopuram on the banks of the pond. Garudalwar Shrine can be seen right opposite to the Sanctum. He is found in standing posture. He is offered with Kozhukattai as a special neivedhyam. The Sanctum Sanctorum consists of Maha Mandapam, Artha Mandapam and Sanctum. Presiding Deity is called as Ksheerapthi Sayana Narayana Perumal.


He is in sleeping posture on 5 headed Adi Sesha with head towards south, feet towards north and face towards east. He is four-armed holding Shanka and Chakra on his hands and the other two hands showing Varada and Abhaya Hastha. Lakshmi can be found near his head and Bhoodevi can be found near his feet. Lord Brahma can be seen emerging from his navel.


His reclining posture is similar to the one he is found in Tirupaarkadal. The idol is a stucco image made of sand, Punugu, Javvadhu, Sambirani and several herbal products. No Thirumanjanam is performed to him, only Thaila Kaappu (special oil) will be applied. Special Thirumanjanam is performed on Vaikunda Ekadasi and Purattasi Saturdays to this Perumal.


Mother is called as Ksheera Nayagi. She is housed in a separate east facing shrine. Her Shrine is situated to western side of southern prakaram. There is a separate shrine for Vishnu Durga found in Maha Mandapam. It is believed that south facing Durga is said to be more powerful. Vishwakasena and Yoga Narasimha can be found after the Vishnu Durga Shrine. Idols of all 12 Azhwars can be found in the southern side of Maha Mandapam.


There is a south facing shrine for Varadaraja Perumal in north side of Maha Mandapam. He is found in standing posture in this shrine. There is another shrine for Abhaya Varadha holding Shanka and Chakra in the temple. During Vaikunda Ekadasi and Purattasi Saturdays, special pooja are performed. There is a shrine for Andal can be seen in the temple.


Theertham associated with this Temple is Lakshmi Theertham. It is found in front of the temple. It is situated behind the Anjaneya Shrine. It is also called as Ksheera Theertham and Parkadal Theertham. Sthalam Vriksham is Vilva tree. Archanais are performed with Vilva leaves. It is unusual to have Vilva tree as Sthala Vriksham to Vishnu Temple as Vilwa tree is closely related with Lord Shiva.


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